Software or hardware, or what?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by ThatGirl, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. ThatGirl macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hi,
    I'm not sure what the problem is, but here are the symptoms:

    My dad is using an iMac G4 desktop. For some reason, every once in awhile, especially upon Restart, the screen shows all blue except for a small blinking square in the middle, with the network symbol in it. I know what it means when there is a blinking question mark, but what does it mean when there is a blinking network symbol?

    In trying to get it to restart, and unable to get the CD tray to open, I removed all of the peripherals. That didn't work. I plugged them back in, but turned off the printer. When I turned the printer back on, the Imac started up. But, that doesn't always work.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a

    JeDiBoYTJ

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    hmm... Go into your System Preferences -> Network and make sure that its not set up for "Network Startup"... It seems like it is looking for a Network to boot from, but can't find anything...
     
  3. pncc macrumors regular

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    JeDiBoYTJ is on the right track but looking in the wrong place.

    The network icon at startup is indeed the NetBoot icon. The mac is looking for a netBoot server to boot from over the network. Go to System prefs and Startup disk and choose your internal drive. as the boot drive.
     

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